M.M.C.—Having joined the Brotherhood as a "Supporter," the rules of the Order do not apply to you. All those rules have a profound spiritual significance, and those who join as Members will put away childish vanities and the love of worldly pleasure, and will find the calm, wise and steadfast life. All things are legitimate, and as children play with toys, so the fleeting vanities of life have their place in the world, but they have no place in the spiritual life. Those who practice the rules of the Order will understand them. Those who do not practice them will not understand them; and those who practice them faithfully will at last realize that "Love" to which you refer, and which is not "affection," but a condition of enlightenment infinitely more far-reaching, more glorious and sublime than mere "personal attraction."
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.